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eBPF for Modern Telco Infrastructure – A New Approach to Observability, Networking and Security Tooling

David Soldani
SVP, Innovation and Advanced Research, Rakuten Mobile
Rakuten Mobile
February 24, 2024
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In today's ever-evolving computing landscape, telco organizations encounter numerous challenges regarding service assurance and security management. Existing observability and security tooling solutions present many critical issues including operational complexity, compatibility problems, performance overhead, lack of power/energy and environmental (PEE) parameters, and intrusiveness.

The extended version of the Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF, or simply BPF) emerges as a promising technology that addresses these challenges by offering real-time performance monitoring, anomaly and threat detection, and enforcement capabilities without introducing compatibility, programmability, and performance difficulties found in current solutions.

Rakuten Symphony's innovative application of eBPF technology marks a significant departure from these constraints, proclaiming a new era of agile, efficient, and intelligent network infrastructure management. Rakuten Symphony's successful application of eBPF technology on Rakuten Mobile’s fully virtualized radio access network infrastructure demonstrates our commitment to leading the charge toward a smarter, more connected future.

Incorporating the transformative power of eBPF, Rakuten Symphony eBPF is poised to transform the landscape of network monitoring, observability, and security assurance by offering a versatile, cost-effective, and user-friendly alternative to traditional systems.

Today, I am delighted to announce the release of our latest white paper, "eBPF for Modern Telco Infrastructure," which explores the deployment of eBPF across various sectors, including transport, observability, energy management and security. This paper integrates the conclusions drawn from experimental validations on Rakuten Mobile's test network, providing insights into the benefits of eBPF for modern telecom systems.

We hope this White Paper provides valuable information on the potential of eBPF and its capabilities, and we welcome any industry opportunities for collaboration.

eBPF White Paper 2024
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